MIAMI GARDENS — Presenting you, the reader, live updates from Miami’s 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Georgia Tech:
MIAMI WINS 25-24
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Georgia Tech punt (2:30 4Q)
Miami has to go 92 yards in 2:30 — or get a winning field goal — to win.
Miami punt (5:44 4Q)
Zach Feagles picked a bad time to muff one. After Miami’s offense stalled at its own 32, Feagles shanked one 23 yards out of bounds.
Georgia Tech punt (8:06 4Q)
Taking over at its own 27 with more than nine minutes left and a 2-point lead, Georgia Tech was in position to control the rest of the clock. The Yellow Jackets do it to mostly everyone: third-down conversion after third-down conversion, maybe a fourth-down or two, and a double-digit drive ending in a backbreaking touchdown.
Mike Smith and Kendrick Norton dropped quarterback TaQuon Marshall for a loss, the crowd helped force a false start, and Marshall’s pass under pressure was incomplete. Punt, and Miami took over at its own 19 with all the time it needed to produce a go-ahead score.
Miami, Georgia Tech trade punts
The Yellow Jackets will get the ball back at their own 27, with 9:28 remaining. The Hurricanes are in dire need of a stop.
Georgia Tech 24, No. 11 Miami 22 (13:36 4Q)
Miami’s crowd is soaked, and screaming.
Travis Homer’s 27-yard rushing touchdown got the crowd on fire — yes, even in the rain. The 2-point attempt was no good. Malik Rosier’s pass to Chris Herndon was deflected away.
To set up Homer’s touchdown, Darrell Langham, who posted a new career high with his fourth catch, made a reaching 16-yard grab in the rain.
At the start of the fourth quarter, it is pouring.
END 3Q: Georgia Tech 24, No. 11 Miami 16
Georgia Tech punt (0:33 3Q)
Keeping points off the board is a must for UM. On that sequence, mission accomplished.
Georgia Tech 24, No. 11 Miami 16 (3:33 3Q)
The longest catch of Jeff Thomas’ young career, and the longest Miami passing play of the season, didn’t lead to a touchdown.
Thomas got loose and Malik Rosier heaved one right into his hands. The play went for 70 yards, and set up Miami at the 3. Thomas was caught from a diagonal angle.
However, UM settled for a 21-yard Michael Badgley field goal after Travis Homer went nowhere, Rosier overthrew a covered Thomas and his next pass was batted high in the air — and nearly picked — and recovered by center Tyler Gauthier.
Georgia Tech 24, No. 11 Miami 13 (5:52 3Q)
A 31-yard field goal put the visitors up 11 points, after a 13-play, 68-yard drive lasting 6:34.
Miami’s defense has to be tired at this point.
Robert Knowles allowed Ricky Jeune to make a 48-yard catch, putting the visitors at the Miami 17 (and tying Georgia Tech’s longest play of the day). On third-and-2 at the 9, UM allowed TaQuon Marshall to plunge ahead for 3.
Zach McCloud’s emphatic sack forced an 8-yard loss, and put Georgia Tech at third-and-goal from the 14.
Injury update: Both Chad Thomas and Trent Harris have returned to the ballgame. Michael Pinckney remains out. Darrion Owens is in his place.
UM says 55,799 tickets were sold today.
Miami punt (12:26 3Q)
After allowing a bizarre touchdown (see below), UM got no further than the 37.
Malik Rosier took a 13-yard sack on third down, forcing Zach Feagles to pooch it to the 18.
Suffice to say, allowing another touchdown here would be bad for the Hurricanes.
Georgia Tech 21, No. 11 Miami 13 (14:53 3Q)
Well, the second half started as poorly as possible for Miami.
Michael Badgley was asked to onside kick, and he chipped it ahead. The ball hit Braxton Berrios in the leg, short of the 10-yard distance required for an onside kick recovery, meaning the ball was live. Georgia Tech’s Lamont Simmons picked up the ball and raced 42 yards untouched to the end zone.
Touchdown, Georgia Tech, and most everyone on the field wearing Miami colors was wondering what happened.
HALFTIME: Georgia Tech 14, No. 11 Miami 13
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Georgia Tech 14, No. 11 Miami 13 (0:12 2Q)
Before the half, UM tried to put a two-minute drive together, hoping to recapture the magic of last week’s win at Florida State.
Call it a success.
Travis Homer’s 17-yard reception ended a nine-play, 77-yard drive in 1:49, and gave Miami something to feel good about after a sweaty, shaky first half.
Homer took a pass at the 3 and stretched across the goal as he was being hauled out of bounds.
It was set up by Dionte Mullins’ clutch sideline grab, with 40 seconds left. On a busted play, Malik Rosier scrambled in traffic and hit Mullins, who held on through tight coverage.
A Corey Gaynor false start made it second-and-15 at UM’s 48, with 35 ticks left.
Darrell Langham picked up 32 yards with a catch in traffic and a broken tackle. Chris Herndon picked up five more, before Rosier found Homer for the score with 12 seconds left.
Georgia Tech turnover on downs (1:59 2Q)
Paul Johnson went for it on fourth-and-6 from the Miami 27. He didn’t get it.
Miami injuries (3:00 2Q)
Georgia Tech already had good field position at its own 41, after forcing a 41-yard punt from deep in Miami’s zone. It got an even better spot after safety Robert Knowles was called for pass interference on receiver Brad Stewart.
Worse news: starting defensive end Chad Thomas walked off slowly, and linebacker Michael Pinckney laid on the turf in pain after spinning through a tackle attempt. He walked off the field holding his left shoulder/collarbone area.
Miami punt (4:08 2Q)
Malik Rosier continues to struggle with his accuracy. His third-down pass to Mike Harley, on the run after his first option was covered, was off-target. He is 3-for-10 for 20 yards.
Personnel update: Michael Irvin II was in at tight end for starter Chris Herndon. Hayden Mahoney remains in the game for Corey Gaynor at right guard.
Georgia Tech punt (5:29 2Q)
Interesting strategy: Miami made a third-down stop, but Tech went for it on fourth-and-1 at its own 34. Paul Johnson called timeout after trying to draw the Hurricanes offside. TaQuon Marshall dove ahead for 2 yards and a first down.
What did they have to lose, anyway, ahead early and moving the ball on No. 11 Miami on the road.
But UM made a third-and-7 stop a few plays later. Charles Perry, Michael Jackson and Jaquan Johnson got off their blocks.
UM’s video board showed Ray Lewis, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp. They are three of five players who will be celebrated at halftime, as they go into Miami’s Ring of Honor. Ed Reed and the late Sean Taylor are the others.
Butterfingers alert: On the kickoff, Georgia Tech’s Nathan Cottrell fumbled, but a teammate recovered. The Yellow Jackets have lost more fumbles (eight) than all but four teams nationally.
Georgia Tech 14, No. 11 Miami 6 (10:11 2Q)
Michael Badgley’s 32-yard field goal cut into the visitors’ lead.
It was another promising drive, and another one stalled.
Braxton Berrios made an 11-yard catch, UM’s first completion of the day. Jeff Thomas caught a pass. Malik Rosier missed an open Mike Harley, but moved the chains with a 13-yard rush. Travis Homer got ahead for 32 yards, keeping his balance in traffic and putting Miami in the red zone.
Trayone Gray hurdled a would-be tackler for 5 yards, but Miami couldn’t score a touchdown. Rosier threw another end-zone fade to Mike Harley, who was once again locked up.
Personnel notes: Hayden Mahoney took the spot of Corey Gaynor at right guard. Darrell Langham saw the field once Miami got into the red zone.
Mental lapse: Miami was assessed a 5-yard penalty for having two No. 33s on the field for the kickoff (defensive end Trent Harris, who is apparently not injured, and walk-on receiver Marshall Few).
Georgia Tech 14, No. 11 Miami 3 (14:28 2Q)
TaQuon Marshall threw a spectacular touchdown pass. Wrapped up for a loss by Michael Pinckney, he somehow got a pass off to J.J. Green, who was alone to secure his second touchdown of the day.
An eight-play, 70-yard drive lasting 3:41. The Jackets aren’t controlling the clock, but they’re putting points on the board.
Miami’s largest deficit before this: six points to Toledo. FSU led by 3 on several occasions.
Also of note on that series: Tech-killer Trent Harris was checked out by trainers as he laid on the turf. He jogged off the field.
END 1Q: Georgia Tech 7, No. 11 Miami 3 (GT ball)
Georgia Tech rushed 16 times for 137 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. Miami didn’t complete a pass, in four attempts, and has 35 total yards.
On the Jackets drive that will continue into the second quarter:
Nathan Cottrell picked up 24 yards to get the Jackets to midfield. Miami couldn’t wrap up KirVonte Benson in the backfield, and he scooted ahead for 15 yards and into field-goal range. Miami, which typically rotates its defenders regularly, got a stop from backup linebacker Charles Perry.
But Qua Searcy gained 14 yards after taking a pitch, and Benson got ahead for 12. The Jackets’ offense hit the fast-forward button, it appears.
Kendrick Norton and Shaq Quarterman got a stop to end the first quarter.
Miami punt (3:09 1Q)
Miami went three-and-out after Tech’s first touchdown.
Trayone Gray, elevated to No. 2 back after Mark Walton’s injury, took the first carry of the drive. It went for 4 yards. On third down, Lawrence Cager couldn’t make a play on a lofted pass up the sideline.
Malik Rosier has started 0-for-4. Ahmmon Richards hasn’t played yet.
Long snapper Jordan Butler was called for a 5-yard snap infraction, making the punt a longer one. Travis Homer and Mike Smith were in first on the tackle.
Georgia Tech 7, No. 11 Miami 3 (4:27 1Q)
J.J. Green’s 5-yard plunge put the Yellow Jackets on the board, after a major breach in UM’s rush defense.
Michael Jackson saved a touchdown, showing his speed to come across the field and cut off Clinton Lynch after a 48-yard rush. Lynch was in the clear until Jackson ranged over and catapulted him out of bounds.
Anthony Moten is back in action. He played on that drive. Travis Homer, ace special teamer-turned-starting running back, hasn’t been on kickoff coverage.
No. 11 Miami 3, Georgia Tech 0 (8:10 1Q)
Michael Badgley’s 33-yard field goal ended a drive that stalled at the 16.
After a 34-yard punt return by Braxton Berrios, UM started at the Tech 45. Travis Homer’s rushes of 11 and 12 yards put UM in the red zone. A speed reverse to Jeff Thomas got the crowd buzzing — he’s fast — but gained 4 yards.
Rosier threw a pair of jump-ball fades to Mike Harley and Dionte Mullins, but neither could come down with it. Lance Austin broke up both passes.
Georgia Tech punt (11:12 1Q)
Georgia Tech started at its own 41. Chad Thomas and Trent Harris combined to sack TaQuon Marshall for a 2-yard loss, and both combined to get him on the next play. On third-and-18, KirVonte Benson went nowhere. Again: Thomas and Harris on the stop.
Michael Jackson and Robert Knowles started for Dee Delaney and Sheldrick Redwine, respectively.
Miami punt (12:49 1Q)
Miami opened at the 16 after a short Jeff Thomas return. Malik Rosier spun out of a tackle on the first play and lost his balance at the Miami 4. Travis Homer bulled his way ahead for 11 yards, but Rosier gained three on third-and-11.
Corey Gaynor (right guard) and Travis Homer (running back) made their first career starts.
Georgia Tech won the toss and deferred. Miami gets the ball first.